The student team from Millburn High School ranked 1st in the state in the prestigious 65th Annual Merck State Science Day competition. The Biology and Chemistry teams also earned 1st place, the Physics team earned 2nd place and the Integrated and Advanced Integrated Teams came in 4th. Millburn had 2 Merck Scholars, Audrey Yan (Biology) and Yanjun Yang (Chemistry), who scored in the top 4 in the state in their subject), and 17 Honorable Mentions (students who score in the top 20 in state).
The Merck State Science Day Program provides for competition between individuals and teams of secondary New Jersey school students. Students compete the in subjects of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Integrated sciences. Students from 64 high schools around New Jersey competed in this annual competition, demonstrating their mastery in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Integrated Sciences. The total school score is based on the combined scores from all science disciplines in the competition.
The Integrated Science team is made up of students who have not taken any Advanced Placement courses, is tested on all of the above disciplines plus Earth Science. The Advanced Integrated Science team, made up of students who have taken numerous AP courses and who are tested on all of the disciplines.
Millburn’s team members are:
Biology: Audrey Yan (MS), Mohar Kalra (HM), Matthew Grossman(HM), Daniel Rosen(HM), Jenna Israel (HM)
Chemistry: Yanjun Yang (MS), Michael Tai (HM), Allen Lee (HM), Claire Hu, George Jiang
Physics: Kirk Willens (HM), Avery Lamp (HM), Shantanu Laghate (HM), Angela Jin (HM), Alexander Lin
Integrated: Amber Teetsel (HM), Rebecca Blevins (HM), Aidan Ahamparam, Billy Berns, Hannah Kanter
Advanced Integrated: David Neiman (HM), Ian Jaffe (HM), Brian Lin (HM), Yi Wang, Garrett Jones
**(MS= Merck Scholar; HM=Honorable Mention)
To participate in Merck State Science Day, students take a written test, given simultaneously around the state, which is scored both individually and as a team. The competition is sponsored by the Merck Institute for Science Education and the New Jersey Science Teachers Association.